Tuesday 22 May 2012

People: Thank You, Robin Gibb!!! R.I.P.

Tribute to Robin Gibb

Robin Gibb
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Thank You Bee Gees, for bringing extraordinary songs to this world!

Number 5 / Johnny 5
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For creating romance in your magnificent falsetto songs!

For making my childhood filled with hope, decency and love!

For bringing disco music to this world!

You didn't start a joke, you started the whole world loving! You started my loving your songs even before I was born, when I was in my mother's womb!!!

Robin Gibbs, R.I.P.

falsetto -- (n)  [C] (plural falsettosa form of singing or speaking by men using an extremely high voice
decency -- (n) [U] behaviour that is good, moral and acceptable in society

Short Circuit (Johnny 5) - More Than a Woman @ YouTube

bee gees - more than a woman @ YouTube

Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your Love ( Original ) HQ [ NO CONCERT / NO KARAOKE ] @YouTube

Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive [Version 1] (Video) @YouTube

Bee Gees - I Started A Joke and First Of May  @YouTube

Movie: Short Circuit @ Locky's English Playground

Song: How Deep Is Your Love -- Bee Gees @ Locky's English Playground


Academic Research: Corpus-based Analysis of Whatsapp Group Chat

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Learner Corpus Mini-research: Corpus-based Analysis of Whatsapp Group Chat

Law, Locky

English, ESL, EFL, Corpus, Corpora, Multimodality, Internet, Smartphones, Grammar, Chat room, Group chat, Learning, Teaching,



In Hong Kong, adult learners of English rely heavily on face-to-face classroom instruction, which is the mainstream mode of learning. As the internet and computer technology advance, authentic resources have become highly accessible (Law, 2011) and corpora boom, data-driven learning (DDL) gradually proves to be a viable self-learning alternative to traditional one-to-many face-to-face spoon-feeding pedagogy. Computer-mediated communication has not only changed human behaviour (Law, 2011), but has gradually shifted learning paradigm. Through the use of online web-based corpora, learners are able to explore patterns, regularity and trends of any lexical items by inductive method through the internet. In this paper, a Whatsapp chat room chat log of 9 adult learners of English is analysed and three selected errors will be bombarded by corpus data to demonstrate the benefits and practicality of DDL. Towards the end of the paper, I will suggest a corpus-based pedagogy, discuss the limitations of this project and conclude by advocating DDL in cities with high mobile phone and internet penetration such as Hong Kong.

For those of you who would like to read academic papers written by me. Hope this will be useful for those of you researching in related areas as well.

Learner Corpus Mini-research: Corpus-based Analysis of Whatsapp Group Chat @ Locky's English Playground